Public colleges have new principles to prevent campus hazing

Ohio has a new law that toughens penalties for those convicted of hazing on state college campuses. Now the public colleges themselves are taking action to prevent hazing.

The Interuniversity Council, which represents Ohio’s public universities, has what it says is a zero-tolerance approach to hazing. It includes, among other things, the automatic dismissal of students guilty of hazing.

Jo Ingles

BGSU President Rodney Rogers talks about anti-hazing principles.

Rodney Rogers, president of Bowling Green State University, said it was “a logical next step” after Ohio lawmakers passed new law to crack down on hazing Gov. Mike DeWine has enacted earlier this month.

“We will help eradicate hazing,” Rogers said. “This is our goal.”

Stone Foltz’s father Cory Foltz, who died following a hazing incident at BGSU earlier this year, is urging college presidents to implement the plan.

“We are counting on you to never leave any of your students behind so that no other family will ever endure the pain of losing a loved one like we did. Please, no more hazing deaths, ”said Cory Foltz.

The university’s anti-hazing principles also include the prosecution of student groups that encourage hazing and educating students, parents and alumni about the dangers associated with it.

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